Strawberry Split Over Glass of ChampagneAnother list?  Yeah babe, but trust me it's with good reason!  The bank holiday weekend is about to kick in and it looks as though it's set to be a gorgeously warm one.  Needless to say, there are tons of things going on across the UK over the next few days, though many of which require booking ahead.  So, if you're a bit of a last-minute merchant and wondering how to make the most of this sunny bank holiday weekend at short notice, read on for some inspiration...

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GARDENS & CASTLES

A Very Victorian Weekend - games and falconry entertainment - Witley Court & Gardens, Worcester

Leeds Castle - Grand Medieval Joust, Chelsea Fringe Inside Out - Kent
(read more >> Leeds Castle & Gardens)

Beaumaris Castle - medieval weekend of archery, falconry and medieval crafts - Wales

Waddesdon Manor - spectacular building and gardens, Rothschild history - Aylesbury
(read more >> 24 Hours in Waddesdon)

Exbury Gardens - famous, massive and colourful gardens, with a stream train - Hampshire

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FOOD & DRINK

Eat and Drink Festival - take a seat at the UK's biggest chef's table - SEC, Glasgow

Brixton Beach - 'bringing Havana life to SW9' with flowers, food and rooftop urban beach - London

Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival - tastings and talks, food from 100+ producers - Wales

Foodies Festival - UK's biggest food festival ft. GBBO and MasterChef winners - London

Spring Continental Market - mixture of foods from across the globe - Belfast City Hall

Ealing Park Tavern - BBQ from 12-5 with sausages, drinks and live music - London

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BEACHES

Canford Cliffs Beach - combine with a visit to Compton Acres gardens - Dorset

Tankerton Beach and The Street - plenty of colourful clapboard houses/beach huts - Whitstable, Kent

Camber Sands - impressive dunes system (referred to as 'Arabian-looking') - East Sussex

Brighton Beach - walk along the seafront, up the pier and enjoy the expansive beach - Brighton
(read more >> Weekend Break in Brighton)

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SHOWS


SkyLive Air Show - flying displays - Darlington, County Durham

Surrey County Show - animal-focussed, family fun - Stoke Park, Guildford

National Trust Country Fair - dog shows, live music & craft stalls - Hylands Park, County Fermanagh

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ACTIVITIES

The Tamsin Trail - bike ride with ice-cream stops along the way - Richmond Park

Paul's Picnic - picnic for two, made to order - London

Arnos Vale After Hours - explore the ethereal beauty of Bristol's ''Necropolis'' via night tour - Bristol

Belgravia In Bloom - 'floral fiesta' as businesses drape themsleves in blooms (free!) - London

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I hope my suggestions have given you inspiration for this long weekend!  For tons of other day-trip ideas that involve good food, beautiful views and usually a sprinkling of history and/or gardens, take a trip down memory lane via my blog's archives.

With love,

Gabrielle x